For as long as I remember
I have been a path-seeking,
out-of-place and often weird,
Forced to socialize by convention,
but by nature drawn to contemplation,
I enjoyed the charms of conversation,
but mostly thrived in thought and reflection.
Only after half a life of maturation
did I find at last a balance
between duty to my fellows
and that innermost need
for silence and solitude.
In contemplating through
the charm and challenge
of our daily existence,
my heart-mind warms up and asks:
what have we learned?
what have we meant?
what have we left?
Sowing seeds and working our land,
investing in the long term now,
shining for each other,
with love and patience,
for you, for me,
for all of us.
What a privilege to be alive
here on this Earth,
vision clear as lake ice
purpose strong as old oaks
like the Sun at midday
I spent my days with joy
working to make a difference
simple in means, rich in ends
I forgot the self and embraced the whole
pledging allegiance to Earth
what else can I crave?
Walking through a silent forest,
in a magical misty day,
away from ego and greed,
I fathom the deep bifurcations of life,
as sage words gently echo inside:
no heat and dust behind my closed doors
my empty house is filled with space and silence
Choosing this austere simplicity,
pondering on the harmony of Nature,
and nurturing all living things.
Nothing surpasses the tranquillity
of having understood this.
This is my true self,
this is where my home is.
among the profusion of stars
there are a precious few
that without pretense or delight
guide my way through the night
the humble mission to care
the noble task to provide
the lofty goal of an understanding mind
while holding them close to my heart
I no longer fear the dark
sailing away with renewed strength
amidst long sought inner peace and calm